Leisure airline to fill abandoned service next year
Condor, the Frankfurt-based leisure airline owed by tour operator Thomas Cook, will fill the vacant Frankfurt-Kuala Lumpur route left after Malaysia Airlines and Lufthansa axed the service in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
It will start flying between the German and Malaysian cities from November 5 next year.
After the two airlines pulled the plug on the route, Malaysia saw a 15.4% drop in tourist arrivals from Germany in the first eight months of 2017, from 90,028 to 76,131.
The Malaysian trade is expressing relief at the news, with Yap Sook Ling, managing director at Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel, telling TTG Asia, “With these new non-stop flights, tourists will have more days to spend in Malaysia. The flights will also benefit destinations outside the capital city suitable for tourists such as the islands off the east coast, Sabah, Sarawak, Penang and Langkawi.”
Value for money
Alex Lee, Ping Anchorage Travel & Tours’ chief executive, added: “Germany is our traditional European market and with direct flights I believe it will be easy to see a return of this market. We have products that appeal to German tourists, the country is politically safe, multi-racial and value for money.”
German tourists spent an average of 8.1 nights in Malaysia in 2016 with an average daily expenditure of RM429.10 (€88.86).